Stratford’s controversial Transport Strategy has been adopted by Warwickshire County Council after the district council approved the plan earlier this month.
The Strategy, which proposes a number of measures for solving Stratford’s traffic problems, was formally incorporated into the Warwickshire Local Transport Plan last Tuesday.
Earlier this month the district council was forced to make a major amendment to the Strategy, removing the Eastern Relief Road (ERR) from the plan.
The decision was made after a motion to remove the ERR was tabled by Cllr Lynda Organ, who warned of the unwanted development speculation it could bring to south east Stratford.
The motion attracted support from a majority of councillors, though the removal of the ERR from the Strategy has forced plans to impose a weight limit on Clopton Bridge to be dropped from the document.
District Councillor Kate Rolfe, who supported the proposal to remove the ERR, said: “I welcome the decision made by SDC and county cabinet to exclude any reference to the eastern Relief Road in the Stratford-Upon-Avon transport strategy.
“The time for any references to an ERR would be when a new transport strategy is being devised in 2026 in line with work on the new core strategy at SDC in 2031. At that stage the county council will be in a better position to identify future traffic needs and possible solutions. A line on a map was never going to work.”
The county council believe imposing a weight limit on the bridge is now currently a viable option without the ERR to support the measure.